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etiolate Line breaks: eti¦ol|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈiːtɪəleɪt/

Definition of etiolate in English:


[with object]
Make (a plant) pale through lack of light: the seedling had been etiolated by having been grown in darkness
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  • Our results clearly indicate that P650 - 655 is the main photoactive LPOR complex involved in continuous Chl accumulation in illuminated leaves of plants that have not been previously etiolated.
  • Plants grown in pots were etiolated by keeping 4-week-old plants in complete darkness for 2 days.
  • Measurements of starch and sucrose contents were also performed on leaves from plants etiolated for 2 days in order to investigate whether the starch in the CMS plants could be metabolized.


Late 18th century: from French étioler, from Norman French étieuler 'grow into haulm': see -ate3.

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